1 in Baseball America’s 2020 recruiting class rankings. Long and athletic (he also was a standout basketball player in high school), he had long been seen as projectable and was mostly throwing in the upper 80s last summer. By Brad Winton . He’s a good defender behind the plate but also has the athleticism to play elsewhere on the diamond and that versatility will likely benefit him at least at the start of his career at Ole Miss. Righthander Gabe Starks is yet another promising arm with a fastball that reaches the mid 90s, though he’s not as polished as some of his classmates. Grissom isn’t the only big leaguer’s son in the Yellow Jackets’ recruiting class. Righthander Ryan Slater also has projection to go with solid strike-throwing ability and athleticism and has a chance to be a two-way player as well. Outfielder Carson Wells (341) is a much different player than his older brother, former Arizona catcher Austin Wells. Copyright © 2020 Baseball America Enterprises. While the SEC doesn’t have the top-ranked class this year, its schools continued to recruit at a high level and account for 10 of the top 25 classes in the country. Outfielder Josh Shuler (404) also has impressive tools but is still learning how to get the most out of them. Pitchers: Righthander TJ Nichols (111) came to pitching late but has shown significant promise on the mound. Righthander Jamar Fairweather has a strong frame and has been up to 95 mph but didn’t show quite that much velocity last summer. His fastball can get up to 96 mph, but he typically sits in the low 90s with advanced pitchability that gives him a chance to start. Righthander Ryan Costeiu, a junior college transfer, has good stuff that can play right away for the Razorbacks, with a low-90s fastball and a good changeup. He’s made some strides offensively in the last year and has some power potential. Pitchers: Righthander Ben Wiegman (415) will join his older brother Drew at Louisville. Lefthander Colin Ahearn earns praise for his bulldog mentality and attacks hitters with a low-90s fastball. Third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand had a prolific junior college career, hitting .410 with 33 home runs in 81 games for Yavapai (Ariz.) JC. He’s athletic and has the tools to stay up the middle defensively for the Cardinals. He also has two-way potential thanks to a fastball that gets up to 93 mph with sink. Righthander Jaxson Wiggins (267) has a big, projectable 6-foot-6 frame and has made some strides over the last year to now run his fastball into the mid 90s. Pennsylvania has the most D2 baseball colleges at 21. He runs his fastball into the low 90s and figures to add more velocity, which would also help his secondary stuff. Four-year transfers were not considered for the ranking. Shortstop Orlando Salinas is an advanced defender who can step right into the middle of the infield for Oklahoma State. Righthander Travis Hamrick, like Pickell, has a powerful frame and has been up to 95 mph with his fastball. He isn’t the flashiest player in the class but has an advanced understanding of the game and does a lot of things to make an impact. Pitchers: Witt has real two-way potential and will get a chance to do both in Austin, but his upside may be the highest on the mound. Get updated NCAA Baseball DII rankings from every source, including … Hitters: Horton is an elite athlete who is slated to play both baseball and football at Oklahoma, though he’s further ahead on the diamond than he is as a quarterback. He also plays shortstop and has two-way potential at Arizona, but his long-term future is likely on the mound. 2020 Recruiting Rankings. Find out where your favorite team is ranked in the AP Top 25, Coaches Poll, CBS Sports Ranking, or Playoff Rankings polls and rankings. Overview: The Red Raiders went all in on pitching in this class. Summer Season ; Fall Season; Spring Season; Connect with us. 59). They brought in seven BA500 prospects overall. Hitters: Bowser has a strong, powerful frame and the tools to profile at third base. Righthanders Nicholas Andrews and Carson Atwood were two of the top prep pitchers in Oklahoma and run their fastballs into the low 90s. Infielder Davis Meche might not stand out for his tools but has an advanced understanding of the game and finds a way to make things happen. Robinson, listed at 6-foot-5, 182 pounds, has more projection, and can run his fastball into the low 90s. He is an excellent defender at first base with enough athleticism to play left field as well. Righthander Charlie Hurley mostly played water polo growing up but is now fully focused on baseball and offers big upside. Ben could be similar to former Volunteer Andrew Schultz and his fastball has been up to 100 mph. On the mound, his fastball gets up to the mid 90s with sinking action. His plus speed and arm play well in the outfield. He didn’t follow their path in sports, instead finding his home on the mound. He’s a solid catcher with a simple swing that works well. He doesn’t have any standout tool, but his overall package makes for an impressive player. The Hurricanes’ class is led by a trio of players who ranked in the top 100 of the BA500 top prospects for the 2020 draft (which includes all draft-eligible players). Outfielder Justice Thompson, a transfer from Northwest Florida State JC, has plus speed that plays well in center field. Infielders John Anderson and Dylan Strickland have a strong track record of hitting in Georgia’s highest high school classification and should be able to bolster the Yellow Jackets’ lineup. It’s heavy on prep position players and junior college pitchers and helps strengthen up some key areas of the Cowboys’ roster. Infielders Luis Espinal and Dominic Pitelli are the sleepers of the class because they didn’t play much on the showcase circuit. Righthander Xander Stephens is perhaps the most advanced of the trio and is coming off a decorated prep career. Offensively, his swing is geared toward contact and making the most of his speed, but he has surprising pop, making for a dynamic overall package. With more time on the mound, he could take off. Jack Bulger (183) played outfield with the 18U National Team but has mostly been a catcher during his prep career. He’s already big for a shortstop, but his hands and footwork are good enough to keep him on the infield. Colby Wilkerson is an excellent defender and has the versatility to play anywhere on the infield. He has good hittability and uses the whole field to hit. Listed at 6-foot-6, 205 pounds, he throws in the low 90s and piled up 39 strikeouts in 19 innings this spring. Catcher Mac Guscette (457) has a long track record of success and also figures to make an immediate impact in Gainesville. “It takes work ethic, knowledge of evaluating players, and along with JD and the rest of the staff, it’s a testament of their hard work.”. Infielder Vince Smith produced a strong track record of performance in big high school events and has solid all-around tools. He attacks hitters with a good fastball-slider combination and can reach 94 mph. Righthander Travis Sthele (171) also has a big arm but is a bit undersized. His fastball gets up to 94 mph and plays well with his slider. Devan Ornelas has the skillset of an up-the-middle player and likely can stay in the infield, but his speed would also play well in center field. Pitchers: Lefthander Jackson Phipps (178), listed at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, is projectable and made some strides over the last couple years, but still has more room to grow. Woods may have the best upside of the group, though he still needs to grow into his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame to get to it. Collins is the stronger offensive player of the pair thanks to his strong lefthanded swing and all-fields approach. 1 Gonzaga took down No. Righthander Joseph Dixon (274) has two-way potential but stands out on the mound. He has solid raw power and while his swing needs some refinement, the tools still pop. He offers big power potential and profiles as a corner infielder. It’s still a premium group and Florida extends its streak of top-five recruiting classes to eight years. Hitters: Collins and fellow catcher Fernando Gonzalez (339) put the class in an enviable position behind the plate. His fastball sits in the upper 80s but produces lots of swings and misses thanks to its riding life, and he pairs it well with a 12-to-6 curveball. Overview: While coach Jason Gill only arrived at USC a year ago, Alvarez has been his alma mater’s recruiting coordinator for the last decade and has put together one of his best classes. He’s committed to Oklahoma State to play quarterback (he’s rated as a three-star football recruit according to 247 Sports) and can help the Cowboys as both an infielder and pitcher. Third baseman/righthander Ethan Long (296) has two-way ability and stands out for his power both at the plate and on the mound. His fastball sits around 90 mph, and he has impressive control of it and his offspeed pitches, which will help him quickly carve out a role on the Longhorns’ staff. Corbin Grantham, the son of former Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, has plus speed that plays well in center field. He produces good bat speed and projects to be able to hit for both average and power. On the mound, he has an easy arm action and a good three-pitch mix that can play right away. Outfielder Kyle Casper has a solid overall skill set and covers ground well in the outfield, a big asset in the spacious alleys of Hi Corbett Field. Outfielder Luke Boyers (388) is a standout running back and looks the part thanks to a strong, wiry frame to go with plus speed and athleticism. Pro scouts were not as convinced about his ability to catch as they are about his bat, which may have ultimately pushed him to college. Michael Brooks (349) has a solid all-around skill set and the versatility to play anywhere on the infield. Overview: After last fall landing a top-15 recruiting class, Oklahoma State has another strong group this year. That’s also helped his stuff improve. See college baseball rankings, scouting reports, video, stats, stories and analysis for Division I, Division II, Division III college baseball teams. Righthander Trevor Martin (372) has a physical 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame and a fastball that can get into the mid 90s. Southern New Hampshire (40-15) 608: 10. He also has opted not to play football in college after initially committing to play both sports (he was rated as a three-star running back, according to 247 Sports). Athletes targeting colleges on FieldLevel are 3X more likely to get recruited. While the losses wound up not being quite as numerous as expected due to the shortened draft, Louisville is now well positioned going into 2021. Pitchers: Righthander Jermaine Vanheyningen (330), a junior college transfer, is an imposing figure on the mound at 6-foot-7 and has the fastball to match, touching triple digits this summer in the South Florida Collegiate League. Righthander Chase Centala stands out for his strike-throwing ability, which will help him to quickly carve out a role on the staff. Infielder Jack O’Dowd (370) is the son of former Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd and has the mentality expected from a player who grew up around the game. Overview: Coach Jay Johnson has taken Arizona recruiting to new heights since arriving in Tucson in 2015 and now has landed five straight Top 25 classes, more than the program had totaled in the first 15 years of the rankings. He throws from a very low three-quarters slot and gets a lot of movement on his fastball and slider, giving him a chance to quickly help out of the bullpen. Righthander Charez Butcher (323) is still a bit raw but offers big upside as well. Shortstop Brayden Taylor has good defensive skills and figures to be able to stay at the position, though he’ll need to get stronger to reach his potential at the plate. His fastball sits in the upper 80s and he pounds the zone with his three-pitch mix. Pitchers: Righthanders Jackson Fristoe (193) and Mikey Tepper (292) highlight the pitchers in the class. His best pitch is his curveball, which is a true hammer, and will play right away. Student-Athletesof the Week. Catcher Garrett Guillemette has good catch-and-throw skills and packs some punch in his righthanded bat. He’s got two-way ability as a shortstop and righthander. Outfielder Bobby Pierce, another junior college transfer, is a powerful righthanded hitter. 318) was the better draft prospect after Zach missed the season due to Tommy John surgery. This class is also the Wildcats’ highest-ranked class ever, bringing in impressive talent across the board. Catcher Chris Eiroa has big righthanded power that plays well. Mississippi State also has a few junior college transfers who could quickly make an impact on the mound. Hunter Haas (247) played second base for the 18U National Team at the World Cup and can play anywhere on the infield. He’s more athletic than his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame portends, and his bat will profile as either a first baseman or corner outfielder. Outfielder Austin Reed has plus speed and a good feel for hitting. Hitters: Outfielder Anthony Shaver (133) is tooled up and was off to a strong start to his senior season of high school before it was halted. Outfielder Trippe Moore is a good athlete with above-average speed who can play all three outfield positions and should hit for power. With fewer players drafted, more prominent prospects are headed to college this fall, making for an exemplary freshman class. Overview: FIU brought in back-to-back Top 25 classes in 2017-18 at the outset of coach Mervyl Melendez’s tenure. He has plus arm strength, is a talented receiver and has good athleticism, but he’ll need more development as a hitter. Lefthander Justin Wrobleski (273), a junior college transfer, has touched 95 mph with his fastball and pairs it with a hard slider. The Baseball Observer is not a partner of or endorsed by the NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA, NWAC, CCCAA, USCAA, NCCAA conference or team. Infielder Caleb Ketchup gives the class a solid, versatile defender. That is an unqualified positive for the Gators, but it led to them bringing in a slightly smaller recruiting class than initially expected. He produces good bat speed and has a chance for plus power, which he’ll need to fit the prototypical corner outfield profile. Righthander Orlando Hernandez is the son of the former big leaguer of the same name and he has his father’s leg kick, though he doesn’t use it all the time. As a hitter, he profiles well at third base and offers impressive raw power. The latest NJCAA Rankings have been released. On the mound, he has a fast arm and an impressive fastball-slider combination. As the leaders in baseball player development and college baseball recruiting, Baseball Factory instructs and scouts more than 20,000 players every year. Righthander Lebarron Johnson (319) was originally committed to Florida and didn’t join Texas’ class until after the draft. 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